Logan County Health Commissioner: Tips for Viewing Eclipse


In just a few days, Logan County will be in the totality path of the solar eclipse. This special event will darken the skies across the 124-mile stretch of Ohio, making it a once-in-a-lifetime experience for everyone in its path. The path of totality is a special area where you get the amazing experience of the sun completely hidden by the moon. Totality will begin at 3:10 PM EST in Bellefontaine.

Travis Irvan, Logan County Health Commissioner has a few tips:

A lot of visitors are coming to Logan County for the eclipse. A 2017 eclipse in the United States had more than 215 million people view the event. More than double the usual Logan County population is expected to be in the area on the day of the eclipse. Heavy traffic is expected, and traffic jams could last several hours after the eclipse. You are encouraged to fill up your gas tank at least one day before the eclipse and limit your travel on the day of the event, if possible.

Here are some safety tips from the Logan County Health District:

  • Only look at the eclipse through a special-purpose solar filter
  • Some filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones are unsafe
  • Inspect your solar filter; discard it if it’s scratched or damaged
  • Always supervise children using solar filters
  • Standstill, cover your eyes with your eclipse glasses before looking at the sun
  • Do not look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or other optical devices
  • Do not look at the sun through a camera, telescope, binoculars, or other optical devices well using your solar eclipse glasses or handheld devices.